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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Clean Slate Ranch: home of tight jeans, cowboy boots, and rough trails. For some men, it's a fantasy come true.

Mack Garrett loves the rolling hills surrounding his Northern California dude ranch. Leading vacationers on horse trails with his two best friends is enough - romance is definitely not in the cards. When a sexy tourist shows up at Clean Slate, he's as far from Mack's type as can be. So why is the handsome city slicker so far under his skin in less than a day?

Roughing it in the middle of nowhere isn't anywhere near Wes Bentley's idea of fun. Then he lays eyes on the gruffest, hottest papa bear he's ever seen. But Mack is as hard to pin down as he looks - distant, sharp-tongued, and in desperate need of a shave. Until a campout gone wrong strands both men in the mountains with nothing to do but get to know each other.

Mack intends to keep his closely guarded heart out of Wes' very talented hands. But for a seven-day cowboy, Wes is packing some long-term possibility. The cold country air can do wonders for bringing bodies together - but it will take more than that to bridge the distance between two men whose lives are worlds apart.

This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you're looking for with an HEA/HFN. It's a promise!

This book is approximately 90,000 words

Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Alissa Davis

©2017 A. M. Arthur (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

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Yummy Sexy Cowboy and City Dude

Mack runs his family’s dude ranch with the help of his friends Reyes and Colt. Mack is out which is totally fine with his grandfather, Arthur Garrett, who owns the ranch, but not so much with his family with whom he no longer has a meaningful relationship. His grandfather and the employees on the ranch are his family.

Wes has agreed to bring his sister Sophie, her fiancé, his brother, and another friend to the dude ranch for Sophie’s pre-wedding party. Wes is an actor who is very much a city boy, but he adores Sophie and knowing this will make her happy has him packing and heading to the country.

The two men meet and it is…intriguing. Mack is the rugged cowboy who squints and looks perpetually pissed off. Wes likes Katy Perry and has a big smile. They appear polar opposites, but sometimes things aren’t as they appear. Both have had bad relationships which ended under difficult or tragic circumstances. Both are leery of getting involved with anything more than a quick relationship and although Mack doesn’t every sleep with the guests, Wes has him reconsidering this. Although only three years apart in age, Mack comes off as an old grump and Wes could pass as much younger. This dynamic works. I liked that Wes referred to Mack as ‘Daddy’ and loved his chest hair. It was adorable that Mack called Wes ‘boss’, even though it’s clear who was in charge.

It was also nice that there were explicit negotiations and lines were never crossed. And while Wes could have come across as very stereotypical, he didn’t. He wears loud clothes and flirts like crazy, but he also knows when it is appropriate to tone it down and when to speak out.

When the week comes to an end, the men go their separate ways. It seems hopeless, of course. Mack is settled on the ranch and Wes is an actor working out of San Francisco. They do some more negotiating and because this is a romance, so you know things are going to end well. There is also a mystery and some heroics involving Colt, Mack’s friend. The find in the back forty has set up the next two books nicely and I look forward to reading Colt and Reyes’ stories.

The name of the ranch is, of course, symbolic. There are times in life when we need a clean slate. And if we happen to find love while getting that fresh start? All the better, right?

Greg Boudreaux is always a pleasure to listen to. He is talented and works hard at his craft. His characters are well-differentiated and although Wes’ voice is slightly higher, it isn’t effeminate, which wouldn’t have worked. So I await the next two books with bated breath.

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Amazing story

This is the best story I have read so far! It has everything in it that speaks to me cowboys, dude ranch, history and restoring and old ghost town not to mention love passion and sex! It checks all my boxes for a great story. I highly recommend the audio book. The narrator does an amazing job.

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It's ok

I thought the characters was likeable. The story seemed rushed at the end. Purchased the Audible version, Greg narration is great as usual.

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i love this series it is so worth it

you will love it i can't wait to see what happens in this series it is so worth it

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This was amazing

I got so engrossed with this story I scared the people (and pets) around me when I got to the part of Colt's confession and gasped out loud. I am eagerly waiting to get the other books in this series.

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Incredible Series, I Love It!

So freakin' fantastic... and the only thing that can make this sexy cowboy story even better? Greg Boudreaux reading it to me!

I love the whole premise of this story - the rough SWAT team cops with tortured pasts finding love... wonderful. And when you add in the ghost town and everything that goes with it? I'm so happy!

Already got Roped In loaded on my MP3 player, ready to go :)

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OMG

Oh my god this was good. Love love the story, and Wes and Mack is so sweet.
And the narrator did a marvelous job. Highly recommended and very enjoyable listening too this book.

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Very entertaining

The storyline was good, the characters were likeable, the narrator was good, and overall it was a fun read. You will not be disappointed.

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Save a horse, ride a cowboy.

There is nothing sexier than a cocky cowboy. Except maybe watching that cowboy meet his match. Mack has a steadfast rule of not mixing business with pleasure. He's also convinced himself that relationships aren't for him after his last one ended, well, badly isn't a strong enough word. Enter Wes, not the actor in American Beauty, Bentley and all those walls Mack's built around his heart start slowly coming down.

This story was sexy and romantic with a little bit of suspense for good measure. I felt like I was riding a horse through the trails at the ranch the world was so vividly described. And Greg Boudreaux did such a good job bringing these men to life. Definitely going to grab the next book in this series.

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Very Enjoyable

Great characters with interesting backgrounds and good relationship development and character arcs. Seems like a promising series.

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Enjoyed

I did enjoy listening to this book. the narrator did the story justice. Because I bought the book too, I did try to read some of the pages inbetween listening but for some reason I didn't enjoy as much as listening to the audio.

Love the narrator and would definitly listen to more from him.

I would highly recommend this audio...

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